Bill Russell has finally returned to Boston.
To say there was tension between Russell and the city of Boston would be the understatement of the fucking century.
Sorry to go to a rage place, but just remembering a section of the book “King of the Court”, a Russell biography, that mentions him coming home to his house in Boston and it was covered in feces.
You can bet too that during the years that Russell played racial slurs were pretty much a habit.
So hearing that Boston is finally going to erect a statue of Russell made me quite happy.
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) November 1, 2013
Let us be honest here.
Russell is an old man now. We really do not know how much longer he will be with us, and I’m just really happy that they got this done. This is a man who deserves the love of Boston, and for far too long he was denied that. How much did he think of Boston? He did not even attend his jersey retirement ceremony, which I’m pretty sure has never happened in the history of the league to a player currently living anyway.
One of the coolest moments of my life was two summers ago when I was fortunate enough/ lucky enough to interview Alonzo Mourning briefly after he had mentioned Russell as a hero in a speech. Talking to Mourning about Russell that day was so inspiring, and it may just be the closest I ever get to speaking with Russell, who is a man who deserves all of our respect.